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Archive for March 19th, 2012

See the All New Casemaker – Webinars Available!

New Casemaker has:

  • An all in one search box to search everything on Casemaker at once.
  • Folders for saving research.
  • Post notes on cases and other documents.
  • Filters on the left after you search to select cases, statutes or other types of documents.
  • More post filters when you select a type of document, including narrow by terms, date or jurisdiction.
  • Sort results by relevance, date or most cited.
  • Saves search history.
  • Search syntax now more similar to Lexis and Westlaw.

Information on Webinars: (more…)

Morris Cohen Essay Competition

image of Morris CohenThe  Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB SIS) of the American Association of law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Cengage Learning, has just announced the 4th annual  Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, library science, history, or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for costs of attending the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at the AALL Annual Meeting and submit it to Law Library Journal, the official journal of the AALL.  The Competition submission deadline is 11:59pm, Sunday, 15 April 2012.  Full Competition details and entry form are available at the LHRB SIS Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Web page.  Questions can be sent to Robert Mead, Director and State Law Librarian, New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library,

The Competition is named for Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.



Legally Puzzled

We just just returned from the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn New York, where a disproportionate number of participants were lawyers or law professors. (And, where incidentally, 140 participants beat a computer program named Dr. Fill – so think about that when you trust your Google search results without question!)   Having noticed this phenomenon of lawyers as elite crossword solvers in prior years,  it was not surprising at all to come across  today’s NPR Legal Puzzle, in anticipation of big cases being heard in the Supreme Court over the next couple of weeks, and big decisions expected to come down in June.   Give NPR’s a try – the answers are to be posted tomorrow.